Another burst of 1969 amazingness - these sets wind up being so similar for this era - winter '69 - that you really do have to find some time to scrutinize the playing very closely - not that it's a chore or anything! :)
So yeah, you *know* it's all great, but do actively sit down with it and give Jerry's guitar-language your undivided attention.
Aside from Phil(?) screaming, most amusingly, "MOTHERF*CKER!!!!!!!" at the closing of Doin' That Rag, there *is* one track on here that absolutely takes the golden candle of distinction, and that's Morning Dew. Listen to how it just comes crashing in on Mickey's gong, a device he uses throughout the opus - it creates an incredible atmosphere.
Reviewer:Tiger Wolf -
October 24, 2012 Subject:
I almost never listen to anything pre-72 but this has opened my eyes to how great the early stuff can be. I gotta hear more of it.
I also find it a bit sad, because Garcia's playing here is so impressive that it really drives home the extent to which his skills deteriorated over the years. The stuff he does here in The Eleven, for instance; even on his best nights in the last "peak" period of 89-91, he didn't come close to playing with the kind of speed, precision and fluidity he displayed here.
this is indeed a HUGE upgrade in sound quality! there is still a good amount of hiss to the tapes, and the sound isn't exactly perfect, but i can hardly complain. the muddiness and muffled sound of the old copy is virtually gone; everything is crisp and bright.
And after much repeated listening, I've decided that this Eleven trumps the night after - it is absolutely spellbinding from start to finish. There have been none like it before or since, and I will not argue with those who consider it to be the greatest of all time. The transition into Lovelight is flawless.
The rest of this show is fantastic also. GREAT Dark Star, and a stunning Morning Dew encore
February 21, 2012 Subject:
After a slow start,
GMLSG rages. Some crazy drumming in Eleven. All in all a terrific show.
Let me step not too far from the Fillmore runs of late February, for I have neared the transcendent! It arose before me! The phoenix was soon to catch fire, and burn onward becoming anew in its next life… Ah the previous flame of an endearing inferno; seven people ‘striking a match and being anew’ each concert- they scorch themselves in The Eleven as most are eager to point out… but there is, as always, more to the apparent. Look not far here… this is 1969 and the fire is HOT. They are burning in a thousand myriad ways, and each concert the match is struck. I will do nothing more to point this out, only capture the fleeting in as many paltry words I can grasp. Though easily not the perceived greatest show, I find it to be a lacking judgment to ever bestow such an ambivalent title- to define the Dead would be to imprison yourself. Let your words go free into the wind as the notes dance graceful each day. How glad I am to be such a part of all beauty, for it comes together in us- and the Dead? Nomads of sound!- each concert built and taking apart, Dark Star the loom from which they weave this transcendent sound. They are spectacular in ’69, but to reciprocate the same idea, they are great always. ’69 is a high water mark, but the flood of sound flows onward… A great place to stop and see!!
May 31, 2011 Subject:
Doin that rag motherfucker!!!!
lol that is awesome. Phil was fired up!
Nice quality for a show of this age too.
March 27, 2011 Subject:
I don't agree that this is a huge upgrade from 7859. This version has better levels but also suffers from significant hiss. Pick your poison. I would probably choose this version as it seems more amenable to adjustment to personal taste via EQ.
Just as on the other version there are numerous little anomalies. Relative to the best recordings available from this time frame it ranks very average, about 2.5 stars out of 5.
The issue has to be the source material. I've never had my headphones plugged into a playback of a master reel but it seems like some are better quality than others.
Nice Dark Star this night btw.
February 22, 2011 Subject:
Doin' That Rag, Motherfucker!!!!!
That just cracked me up.
As the other reviewers stated, this is a much better sounding copy of an excellent show.Charlie Miller works his magic yet again.
Every song is fantastic but the 11 stands out for me for being completely epic.
This is a tremendous upgrade from the somewhat muddy Owen Brothers remaster of this classic performance.
It's well deserved! These Dream Bowl shows are important performances. The sound quality of much of what circulates from January/February 1969 is compromised. A very welcome and very significant upgrade. Thanks Charlie! (97 pts)